This is one of the great performances of Scheherazade. Rimsky-korsakov's fairy-tale suite has been recorded many times but it requires a combination of factors to fulfil its potential. Here the Russian conductor Kondrashin brings fire and energy, while the Concergebouw orchestra bring refinement and detail. The recording balance is ideal, warm but with clarity. The percussion is audiable but never overdone.
Kondrashin's view is expansive and generous, the Young Prince And Princess (third movement) subtle and sensual, the opening movement with Sindbad, swifter, with irresistable (and appropriate) waves of excitement.
This is a performance I play often, and it is wonderful to have the original sleeve reinstated (with an illustration by Kay Nielson, the famous Danish book illustrator who contributed designs to the original Fantasia).